Low transmission fluid levels can be a big issue for drivers. If you're concerned about the level of fluid in your car, it's important to get it checked out. A low transmission fluid level could mean your vehicle isn't performing as well as it should, leading to problems down the road. For more information, call a certified mechanic.
There are a few easily apparent signs that you may be short on transmission fluid, which include:
Warning Lights: A dashboard warning light will illuminate, indicating that your transmission fluid temperature is higher than normal.
Smell: If there is a burning scent, such as a tart or sweet burning smell, it may be time to check the level of your transmission fluid.
Shifting Difficulty: When shifting gears becomes difficult, or if there is a delay when you try to shift gears, your transmission system is likely malfunctioning.
Brown Color: If your transmission fluid has turned a brown color, you probably have a problem. Transmission fluid should be a translucent red color.
Puddles: If you notice puddles of red liquid collecting under your vehicle, this is probably due to a transmission fluid leak.
What is Transmission Fluid?
Transmission fluid is a type of oil used in cars to move the gears and create power. It is also used in machines, such as turbines and electric generators, to make them work.
How to Check Transmission Fluid Levels
You don't have to be a mechanic to determine the health of your vehicle's transmission—a simple visual inspection will suffice. You should check the level and quality of your transmission fluid.
Allow the car to idle in park on a level surface until the engine warms up. The dipstick should be pulled out, cleaned, and then slowly reinstalled. Compare the fluid level—how high it appears on the dipstick—to the "full" and "low" or "fill" indicators on the dipstick.
If you need transmission repairs on your vehicle, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Premier West Gears today and get it checked out.